Buckle Up Detroit

Being a parent is not for the faint of heart. From diapers to drivers licenses, there’s always something to worry about. Our joint goal at both Metro Detroit Mommy and Buckle Up Detroit is to take some of that worry off your shoulders – at least as far as vehicle safety is concerned. Buckle Up Detroit was founded by Metro Detroit Mommy blogger Dana Lange as a way to reach our community and spread the word about car seat safety to the masses and now you can find that content right here! Car crashes are one of the nation’s top killers of children, but it doesn’t have to be that way; we hope to shine a light on the importance of properly used car seats and booster seats and share helpful tips on making your trips a little more comfortable for everyone.

 

Winter Car Seat Safety Tips!

When driving in the car with small children, most parents and caregivers will naturally do everything they can to ensure the children in their care are safe. Fortunately, today’s vehicles are equipped with advanced safety technology. And with a PwC forecast showing about 107 million vehicles will be manufactured globally in 2020,…

Car Seats, Costumes, and Coats, Oh My!

The costumes are starting to appear in stores, spooky decor is popping up everywhere, and kids are getting excited… it’s official: Halloween is almost here!  Whether you go around your neighborhood or drive somewhere else for the big night, chances are you’ll be loading the kids in the car to…

AAP Changes Rearfacing Guidelines. Now What?

AAP RF Changes

    One of the hottest pieces of news in the Child Passenger Safety world dropped this week: the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed their recommendation guidelines for rearfacing children.  They’ve also added a new guideline, aimed at keeping older kids and teens safe.  So what changed and what…

Michigan Falling Short in Protecting Kids in Hot Cars

It’s no secret that there are a lot of dangers associated with vehicles. In fact, there are about 5.5 million car accidents each year in the U.S. alone. But during the hot summer weather, vehicles pose yet another danger.   All too often, young children are left unattended in hot cars. Last…

Mom Warns Dad About Car Seat Positioning, Saves Baby’s Life in the Process

“Overprotective mom” is a loaded term. We’ve learned so much about parenting and safety in recent decades, and there’s nothing wrong with putting this knowledge into practice. Case in point: a Tennessee mom is being commended for her commitment to the safety of her child, after a text message she…

Is Your Vehicle Under Recall? Probably

In July of 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a recall of over 34 million vehicles due to a defective airbag mechanism.  This faulty mechanism can cause the front passenger airbag to literally explode when deployed in a crash; basically, all passengers will be at risk for shrapnel…

Road Coat – A Car Seat Safe Down Coat

Disclosure: If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/ I was given a Road Coat from OneKid free of charge so that I could try it out and share my experience with you….

Back to School – Give Your Big Kids A Boost!

Can you hear that?  …Cash registers ringing with the sales of new lunch boxes, folders, and endless boxes of pencils? …Parents desperately trying (and mostly failing) to get their children back into a bedtime routine? …Children begging for just one more trip to the beach in a frantic attempt at…

Extended Rear Facing: Nine Car Seats that RF up to 50 Pounds

In a recent article, Dana Lange (our CPST) shared and the benefits of Rear Facing as long as you can and these nine seats that accommodate children up to 50 pounds.   Here are the seats, all available on Amazon.com (affiliate links).  Many of the seats are available through Prime…

Car Seat Safety: Rear Facing – the hows & whys

As a Child Passenger Safety Technician I am a huge advocate for keeping kids rear-facing as long as possible.  Not only is it safer (500% safer!) and often more comfortable for kids, it also prevents the dreaded tantrum-induced seatback kickboxing sessions to which toddlers are so prone. I’ve been doing…

Your Library Card: A Ticket to Michigan Adventure and Savings

Do you have a Michigan Library card?  Starting on  May 24th, you can access hundreds of Michigan’s state parks, National Parks, historic sites, recreation areas and campgrounds for either free or discounted admission. Through the Michgian Activity Pass Program you can access over 100 State Parks, 138 Campgrounds and many…

Meet Dana Lange – Our Newest Metro Detroit Mommy Blogger & CPST

Hello, Metro Detroit Mommy readers! My name is Dana Lange, I’m a CPST and mom of two. I’ve been passionate about car seat safety since shortly after my first child was born in 2008 and officially became certified as a tech in 2014 when my youngest was 2. Since then…

New Bill Proposed to Affect Car Seat Usage in Michigan

Disclosure:  If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/  UPDATE 4/14/2016  New Bills or Resolutions: HB 5559 of 2016Vehicles; equipment; child restraint safety seats; require positioning of car seats to depend on weight…

Britax B-Safe 35 Handle Recall

  Today, January 21, 2016, Britax Child Safety, Inc., Britax is conducting a recall in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Transport Canada. This recall involves a defect within the carry handle on certain models manufactured between October 1,…

The Current Car Seat Laws in Michigan

Disclosure:  If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/  Know what the leading cause of death is for children? Unintentional injury – in a car accident. (8081 deaths in 2012 ages birth to…

Winter Coats and Car Seats Don’t Mix – #CarSeatSafety

Disclosure:  If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/  Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Car Seat Safety on The Car Seat Lady’s site. So  it’s winter time and it’s…

Garage Sales and Used Car Seats – What you need to know! #carseatsafety

Summer is finally here and garage sale season is in full swing.  Hunting through garage sales can lead to hidden treasures, but a few things you shouldn’t pick up at a garage sale are car seats or booster seats.  Car seats and booster seats sold at garage sales might seem…

Convertible Car Seats That Rear Face up to 50 Pounds

Disclosure:  If you have any questions about your child and their car seat please consult with a Licensed Car Seat Technician, you can find one here: http://cert.safekids.org/  After the post about the new proposed new car seat regulations in Michigan,  We have had quite a few people ask about car seats…

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